A shattering work of historical melodrama -- like the opera threaded through its narrative from which the film takes its name -- Farewell My Concubine's formidable tragic resonance gains additional levels of pathos from the viewer's knowledge of Chen's own deeply compromised participation in the Cultural Revolution. Leslie Cheung's suicide years later casts yet another shadow over an already haunting, wrenching tale.
A film which depicts recent history as opera. That is, history like its key characters: rapacious, sad, insatiable, addictive, and finally self-destructive, as it deals with its recent past by resorting to flamboyant self-destruction.
Uno de los mas impresionantes espectáculos audiovisuales de los años 90. Amarga reflexión sobre la homosexualidad, la lealtad y el sacrificio, la cual permanece prohibida para su exhibición en su propio país debido a la cruda critica que maneja sobre el ascenso de Mao Zedong y su sangrienta dictadura. Aunque ninguneado durante la entrega de los premios Oscar, el film se llevó la Palma de Oro en el Festival de Cannes.
It takes its time to get cooking, but once we get to the cultural revolution, things really pick up. Stylistically, it was hard for me to get into. Obviously, costumes and sets are top-notch. Leslie Cheung goes for the jugular, and it pays off. Not gay enough, but that's a minor gripe. Sometimes the direction is so staid, I was imagining what Wong Kar Wai would have done with the material.
Obviously epic. The three-hour film is shot fantastically, in terms of images and style. I found the backdrop of modern China to be spectacular since it creates such a paradox of tradition vs change. And, in spite of it all, it manages to be a very personal film- with emphasis on the characters at all times. It provides an look on the issues of art when real life threatens to tear it down. It is indeed very nice.
I'm not sure what I think of this one yet. I was completely lost for the first hour or so, because we're just thrown right into it and I couldn't keep the characters straight, and even after that I had a hard time getting into it. The cinematography is beautiful, especially Kaige's use of mirror shots, but the film needs a restored release. I think I'll need to give this a second viewing. To Live is much better.
Sweeping, tragic Chinese romance? Sounds awesome, guess I'll just light up a J and snuggle up with this girl and let the romantic vibes wash over OH JESUS OH FUCK OH NO WHY IS THIS HAPPENING, WHY IS THE WORLD LIKE THIS OH MY GOD